Our sign in peace

Our sign in peace
Our sign in peace

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The New England Fiber Festival 201

With me on the left and my great friend Naomi on the right, we set out to have a great and successful show. We both worked long and hard towards this show.

Wearing your work helped for sales..

Of course I had to find the historical area and fell in love with this perfect specimen of a Great Wheel. Spent some time chatting with some historical folks as far back as the 12th century.

A great display of various wool and fibers.

The fleece sale was incredible and some of them came home with me!

One of the most precious things I saw there was this couple day old llama cria!!!!!
I walked by these two girls who looked just like our Norman and Teddy!

It was great to see my shelves growing empty!

The size of our booth is amazing! 

Miss PJ was so good for her first show but by the end of the day she was done and would no longer look at me. Even at the end, a flat tire didn't ruin this wonderful Weekend! Shows are done for this year. Thanks to all who stopped by and purchased from us!!! Fiber on until next time!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Spinning Border Leicester

I dyed this beautiful fleece in shades of red. I actually used different reds to get the effect.

Border Leicester locks are a lot more dense than other tools. I used this carder cleaner with fine teeth to open the locks. It's a tiny tool that works well.

Just look at those teeth! I got a close up of what a lock looks like when opened by this tool.

This wool spun up so nice...

It is soft with tiny little locks that come out giving it quite a bit of character.

Finished and set just in time for the Fiber Festival of New England! Come by this weekend if you're going to the fair!!!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Room Sprays..

This weekend at the Fiber Festival of New England,  we will be offering these room sprays free with each $50 or more purchase at our booth. They are specially blended in scents of Warm Vanilla, Spiced Chai and Pumpkin Pie scents. Stop by our booth and say hi

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween and a Blessed Samhain!!!

Wishing everyone a very Happy and safe Halloween and a Blessed Samhain!!!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Catching up and getting ready

Yesterday was about catching up around here! October sure is a busy month between birthdays, events, work and other fun things to do. We took the top hive box off this hive finally. We won't get any honey to sell this year as our hives are rebounding from last year's bear attack that wiped out everything forcing us to start all over again.

The chicken coops were cleaned well. This girl is coming in for an inspection. She's checking to see if it meets her standards.

Finally an egg! Our girls have been molting and have not laid much lately, hopefully we are turning a corner on this, our egg customers are getting ancy!!!!

Packing and organizing the bins for the Fiber Festival of New England next weekend, hope to see you there!

Monday, October 23, 2017

There is no such thing as a dyeing mistake!

With clean and dried Border Leicester on hand I set out to dye some colorways I had in mind. I had 3 pounds of wool and set out to get it dyed!

I filled the pot with some warm water and added my dyes. My goal here was to do a blue, green
and dark rose fractured blend. I added a small amount of blue and green and dominated the rose color leaving space between for it to bleed over. I've done this before and it worked!!! Well this time the rose was completely over come by the blue and green.

This pound was supposed to be black!!! I got beautiful tips of black but the dark rose color I set out to dye in the previous fleece.

Just look how this set up!!! I love it. Maybe not enough vinegar? Too much water but something didn't go right here or did it?

This is the fleece that was supposed to have have rose in it!!! 

So when combined I got the exact results I set out for, just in a different process. There are no dyeing mistakes, if the pot gives you lemons or so you think, look again, it is more than likely beautiful in someone else's eyes!! 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Yarning on!!!

I am so behind in posts! October tends to be a very busy time. So much going on and not a lot of time for other things. I got the Lincoln wool spun. Three pounds netted 360 yards of gorgeous yarn. I got this one  my yarn weasel. This weasel has a perfect 2 yard circumference and was hand made by my friends brother in law.

The colors on this is so beautiful.  I was going for colors of the sea.
I must say I am quite pleased!
Now onto more dyeing and spinning, great things to get done on a cool Autumn day! N

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Morning Spinning

With just 24 days until the New England Fiber Festival, my feet have been busy spinning with projects on  couple of wheels. I am spinning Mohair, Lincoln Longwool, Border Leicester and in the picture above is some beautiful Merino!!! All these yarns as well as lots of other items will be at my booth. Come visit me, Naomi and PJ our English Angora rabbit!!!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Still going strong...

Offering a little extra food as things should be winding down...
With the end of beekeeping season closing in, it appears our bees did not get the memo. The last of the flowers are the asters which they are all over.

We lost 2 out of 4 hives in our attempt to rebound since last year's bear devastation. Our hives are filled with capped honey for them to eat through the winter.

Each hive looked like this...

A couple of baby bees peaking through and waiting to be capped. I am still seeing drones in the hives so they are not ready to say when quite yet.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

It's all in the product!

I had this Border Leicester fleece that needed to be cleaned. I usually use Unicorn Fiber Wash...

I was running low and decided to buy more, but this time I purchased the Power Scour. I cannot say enough great things about this product! It will clean anything, and I mean anything! 

I added a few drops to this piece, lathered it lightly, rinsed and this was my results!

This was not the dirtiest fleece I have ever had but it was dirty...

But after a bath in the Unicorn Power Scour and  few rinses, it's beautifully clean. It really is all in the product. I don't find dish soap nearly as effective as the Unicorn wash line. This product is worth its weight in gold!!!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Prepping wool for spinning

Not all fibers are prepped the same way. Often they can be combed, spun from the locks or if you are lucky to have it mill prepped, it will make the process faster. Above is some of the hand dyed Lincoln wool I did earlier.

What I found with the Lincoln wool is that you really need to pull it apart into almost a frizzy frenzy. I also combed it with a hand carder. There is a lot of lanolin in this wool so it needs to be prepped properly. 

When it is prepped properly it spins up amazingly! 

This is a lovely, strong yarn but the most wonderful part is the colors and the softness. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The young and the old bee

I was watching the honeybees yesterday on the Autumn  Joy Sedum. I took this picture because it shows two phases of the foragers. The bee on the bottom is a younger forager while the bee on the top is older. You ask how could I know this? As a honeybee ages, she looses the hairs on the top of her thorax plate. This is often an indicator of age of a honeybee. A honeybee becomes a forager at about the half way point of her life. Our honeybees are extremely busy collecting all they can.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Results to "Dye" for!

Sadly the pictures don't come close to the results. Cameras just can't pick up the quality of the color and the variant blends.In the picture above, I wanted to blend the colors of the sea. As summer is coming to a close, my best time spent this summer was at the beach so I wanted to create a fleece in those colors, and I did! 

This portion of the 9 pound Lincoln fleece was dyed in shades of purples and lavenders. The blends and the locks came out amazing!

This fleece was black with a heavy dose of reds which ultimately resulted in a deep and variegated burgundy color. When I saw the results it remind me of a dress a saloon singer would have worn in the good old wild wild west.

In this fleece I wanted a lot of pastels. The light blue bled with some other colors and you can see the only small amount that came through in the middle right of the picture. The softness of this fleece is so nice and the variance of the colors down the locks is beautiful too!

This final fleece was my favorite! The colors remind me of a carpet bag set in Victorian times! I used at least 7 different dyes in this one and they blended beautifully! Once again soft and easy to get the just right colors!
Now to begin some spinning as the weather is a cool early fall here in Connecticut.